Major volcanic eruptions in La Soufriere continues

Seismic activity at La Soufrière Volcano continued the pattern placed after the explosive activity on Sunday, April 18.

St Vincent and the Grenadines Aerial view
St Vincent and the Grenadines Aerial view

St Vincent: Seismic activity at La Soufiere Volcano continued the pattern placed after the explosive activity on Sunday, April 18.

NEMO SVG reported that the explosions with accompanying ashfall could occur with little or no warning.

After a massive eruption on Friday, another major volcanic eruption occurred on Sunday at 16:49 local time. The estimated altitude of tall and dense ash plume is 3 Km.

This ash plume then drifted in the direction of south and west. The volcano remains on red alert.

The effusive volcanic eruptions had directly affected 20,000 inhabitants of St Vincent and The Grenadines. Around 8,000 people have been evacuated. The evacuated inhabitants are taking public and private shelters.

These volcanic eruptions have led to the displacement of around 1,500 families in St Vincent and Grenadines. About 1,10,600 inhabitants have been directly affected by the ashfall, water crisis and the destruction of their livelihoods. Neighbouring islands have also been affected by volcanic eruptions.

IFRC ‘s response to the crisis –
IFRC- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an emergency appeal to support the Red Cross societies in St Vincent and Grenadines (SVG), Barbados, that seeks a total amount of 2 Million Swiss Francs, to deliver endorsement and support to the 5,400 inhabitants for 18 months.

The main focus would be on the distribution of essential household items, water access, on hygiene and sanitation and providing the inhabitants with proper healthcare.

On this IFRC’s head of delegation, country cluster Delegation for the Dutch – Ariel Kestens, stated,- “We are here for the long run, we were here for the COVID-19 and dengue outbreaks, and we will be here when people go back to their homes. Upon returning, thousands of them will need support in reactivating their family economy and generating new income.”

Who is IFRC?
IFRC is a global humanitarian organisation that directs and coordinates international assistance following natural and human-made disasters. The mission of IFRC is to improve the lives of unguarded people. They also work to combat discrimination and violence, provide assistance to migrants and to protect and promote human rights.